Nature Bucketlist: The 17 Prettiest Places of Nature in the World

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The internet has no shortage of travel inspiration lists… but how about the absolute best places of nature in the world?

Here’s your ultimate nature bucketlist with 17 of the prettiest places in the world…



1. Preikestolen, Norway

When I first saw a picture of Pulpit Rock (in English), my first question was “why have I not been here!?”… my second question was “when can I be here!?”. For just a 3-4 hour hike, these are some remarkable rewards.


northern lights


2. Northern Lights, Northern Scandinavia

While there’s no guarantee you’ll see them if you come all this way, this perhaps just makes it all the more bucketlist worthy. This is likely to already be on your bucketlist, but perhaps this photo will lead you to place it further up the list.


glow worms


3. Waitomo Glowworm Caves, New Zealand

The glowworms that light up Waitomo cave are unique to New Zealand and create a unique viewing opportunity… if pictures can truly tell a thousand words, I’ll leave it up to the above photo to convince you!




4. Banff National Park, Canada

6,641 kilomtres of untouched, pristine beauty in Canada’s oldest National Park. Anyone who ventures to Canada should undoubtedly have this one on their list.


argentina glacier


5. Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina

It should come as no surprise that Perito Moreno is one of Argentina’s most popular attractions. How about that view!!!




6. Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

When I went to Bolivia earlier this year and wasn’t able to make the trip to Uyuni, you could imagine the look of disappointment on my face when I realised I would be missing the very reason I travelled to this country in the first place. But alas, time is on my side… and Uyuni remains on my bucketlist.




7. Yosemite National Park, California, USA

If you live in the USA, you’ll hardly be surprised to learn some of the best National Parks are right there in your backyard. But arguably the best of these (though Yellowstone is similarly jaw dropping) is Yosemite in California. Regardless of the debate, Yosemite is a must at least once in your lifetime.




8. Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

A UNESCO World Heritage site and Vietnam’s most popular tourist attraction, Ha Long Bay is as stunning in real life as the images portray. Just be sure to expect crowds (and lots of them), this destination has become a hot spot over recent years. 


angel falls


9. Angel Falls, Venezuala

Although quite out of the way, a trip to Angel Falls will be all the more special if you are really looking to get off the grid. Be sure to combine a visit with the Amazon and other locations in South America, one of the world’s less-explored regions.


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(image: World of Wanderlust)

10. Torres Del Paine, Chile

 Torres Del Paine in the South of Chile is one of the most hiked routes in the world – and it’s not hard to see why! The ‘W’ trek lasts 4 days and offers travellers some of the best scenery you will find the world over.




11. The Everglades, Florida, USA

 The Everglades are a great day trip for visitors in Florida and will show you just how diverse and absolutely stunning this state is. Florida has much to explore beyond Miami, Orlando and indeed the Everglades, so take a slow pace on holiday here.




12. Jeita Grotto, Lebanon

These limestone caves span nearly 9 kilometres – complete bliss! Lebanon is one of the lesser travelled countries that has so much to offer travellers, so if you’re looking to get off the beaten path this is a great place to start.


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13. Sơn Đoòng Cave, Vietnam

This is the biggest cave in the world. Can I just emphasise that once more –


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14. Great Barrier Reef

Australia on the list? I’m sure it comes at no surprise. This country has some of the most natural, untouched scenery in the world – and there’s a lot of it! Australia is very sparsely populated and due to its’ isolated location, it’s still very undiscovered. To really enjoy your time here, plan for a minimum of 3-4 weeks.


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15. Mount Everest, Nepal

If you’re into hiking or climbing, Nepal is your type of place. There are now more people than ever climbing to the Mt Everest base camp – so don’t expect the serenity you might have pictured from novels and autobiographies. But nonetheless, it is still one of the most beautiful scenic locations in the world.



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16. Jiuzhaigou National Park, Sichuan Province, China

All the colours of nature merge together here in Jiuzhaigou National Park. This stunning scenery is so surreal that you’ll be left wondering how real reality is and whether your dreams are indeed even dreams. The closest town to the park is Songpan.


Horseshoe bend

image: World of Wanderlust

17. Horseshoe Bend, Arizona, USA

 Last but not least – a little gem I found in the state of Arizona, just a short drive North of the popular Grand Canyon. Arizona is full of eye candy just like this.

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    Roger Stellon
    July 21, 2015 at 10:37 pm

    This provided list is really incredible.! All places are mind-blowing to visit.

    Kelly | Endlessly Exploring
    June 7, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    Incredible list! I’ve been able to make it to some of these beautiful places around the world and can’t wait to visit the others! 🙂 x

    June 6, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    I really do hope you consider going to The Philippines when you go on your South-East Asia Tour. Lots of Nature Trips here that you can go, Underground River is one of my personal recommendation. 🙂

    Wanderlust Storytellers
    June 6, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    those are all beautiful!! Lucky enough to see Halong Bay in 3 months and counting!! Really want to see Pulpit rock in Norway, my little brother went recently and their photos were amazing!!

    June 6, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    It looks VERY similar to my nature bucket list! 🙂 Salar de Uyuni is an amazing and unbelievable place! By far the most breathtaking place I have ever been! This year I will be visiting Halong Bay and I would have loved to visit Son Dong caves, if I could afford it, but I guess it will have to wait 🙂 Waitomo is a bit overrated, it is possible to find glow worm caves that are less visited an in my opinion way better to visit 🙂

    June 6, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    The list is great. But I think you missed something. I don’t know if you have already heard about the Dolomits but I think they need to be on the list of every traveller. Check them out. I would like to hear what you think of them.
    I really want to visit all of this places. I’m obsessed with Norway right now and I really want to visit the Northern Lights.

    x Kate

    June 4, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    oh yeahhhh best place on the world

    March 27, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    The beauty of nature, it is what makes us feel much more comfortable. I do not like it

    March 16, 2015 at 1:16 am

    I was so excited to see Banff on the list! I was there last summer on a 2-week Canadian camping trip to see some of their National Parks (definitely check out Jasper and Waterton/Glacier, they’re almost as gorgeous!). I can’t wait to make my way back there soon. The hiking trails and views are unbeatable!

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    November 12, 2014 at 4:27 am

    Have you ever visited the Dolomites? South Tyrol is a really beautiful country in Italy but has more an austrian vipe and the mountains are special.

    xx Kate

    October 23, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    Absolutely stunning places!
    One more I would add Mauritius

    October 16, 2014 at 3:57 am

    This is a great list! I will be climbing Mount Everest Base Camp in April and I’m hoping to tell the tale!


    October 13, 2014 at 7:28 am

    So beautiful and special places! Love this list! <3
    All the best from Munich,


    Alves, Augusto
    October 13, 2014 at 4:40 am

    wow what a list! I wish someday I can visit all those places… in a other life!

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    October 13, 2014 at 4:37 am

    wow what a beautiful list! I wish visit someday… in a other life!
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    October 12, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    While the photo of #17 – technically is part of the Grand Canyon. The Horseshoe Bend is a good 180-200 miles straight-line from Las Vegas, NV.
    So no, you won’t just fly there with a helicopter from Las Vegas. The helicopters from LAS take you some other places of the Grand Canyon. Not as spectacular. But still worth a trip.

    However, if you want to see the Horseshoe Bend; you take off at Page, AZ airport. Then it’s only 5 min in the air – till you get this amazing view. Even from the ground, it’s very pretty for a sunset photo shoot (same vantage point as the photo).

    October 12, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    I think you mean that Australia is very sparsely populated. Great list. thanks.

    Linda Langes
    October 12, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    As an Aussie I wouldn’t call us densely populated as you did in #14:) Quite the opposite in fact. I like your list 🙂

    October 12, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    Awesome list! I have been to a few and will add some of these to my own list!:) I once saw quite a lot of fireflies (which we don’t have in The Netherlands) and they touched me absolutely more than any other experience of nature ever! So that cave in NZ will be somewhere on top of the list…. 🙂

    I also reply because the last posted picture is also one I recognize… 🙂 Therfor I know that this IS the Colorado River, but it’s NOT in the Grand Canyon! This is the so-called Horseshoe Bend, which is nearby Page in Arizona, about 140 miles from Grand Canyon NP…

    Kind regards and keep on traveling and dreaming of traveling… 😛 Suhela

    October 11, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    These photos are amazing and while the Great Barrier Reef still tops my list I did add a few new locations from this list!

    xx Kelly
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    October 7, 2014 at 8:32 am

    Amazing <3

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    October 6, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    Such a amazing place. I will surely to visit there. Thanks for sharing your travel book list. Some interesting books I’ll have to check out.

    October 6, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    Amazingly most of these are already in my bucket list!!! Now my list got bigger hahaha! I’m so loving your blog and every post! <3 Its like a reminder to me of what I am to do in life someday 🙂 so keep doing what your doing because its amazing!

    October 6, 2014 at 6:58 am

    These are incredible!!!

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    October 6, 2014 at 4:18 am

    Absolutely stunning places! Surely everybody would want to go! But. Let’s not make it too dramatic. Bucket list. I know, it’s an expression. For me one of the best experiences is waking up and seeing the sunshine out of my window. There. ‘Ordinary’ place in England!

    October 6, 2014 at 4:05 am

    wow what a list! I wish someday I can visit all those places

    October 6, 2014 at 3:56 am

    Ahhhh I’m so happy to see that Banff made the list! I live an hour and a half away from Banff and it’s definitely one of my favorite places to go to see a beautiful scenery!
    XO Janina

    M A R T A
    October 6, 2014 at 2:59 am

    These photos are amazing! Really love this post!

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    October 6, 2014 at 2:13 am

    Great places! I’ve only been to 2 of them (4 and 15), but will def add the other ones to my list!

    October 6, 2014 at 1:09 am

    Wow so many lovely places, most of which I have never heard about, My list of places to visit is going to be soo long 🙂 Thankyou for sharing!


    October 5, 2014 at 11:57 pm

    All so gorgeous! The northern lights are on the top of my wish list!

    October 5, 2014 at 11:39 pm

    This is stunning! I’m loving your blog, and I can’t wait till I can finally travel the world.

    love xxx

    October 5, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    And this proofs that nature is so smart. All those beautiful places made with the combination of nature and freedom. I wish I can see them some day! Really great list, Brooke! Thanks for sharing.
    With love,

    October 5, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    I’ve been to three, but now I want to see all of them!

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    October 5, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    I’ve been to Preikestolen twice, the view is amazing! I hope you’ll get to see it!
    And while in Norway, you should also visit Trolltunga 🙂

    So many lovely places on your bucketlist!

    Anne Thi Håndlykken
    October 5, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    Add a visit to Hotel Union Øye, then ask for directions to the mountain “Slogen” just behind the hotel, furthermore ask the reception for a ride to Atlanterhavsveien 🙂

    October 5, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    This is amazing, so many things to add to my bucketlist.

    xx Cheyenne

    October 5, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    I’ve been lucky enough to visit over ten of these, including Halong Bay just yesterday, and can convincingly say, Waitomo Caves is beyond stunning. There’s just something magical and entrancing about it.

    October 5, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    You should add Cappadocia, Turkey to that list, too 🙂

    Jessica Rose
    October 5, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    So much beauty in the world to see..

    Andrea @ GreenAndTurquoise
    October 5, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    Wow, all of these places are wonderful, I like the fact that they’re off the beaten path.
    My travel bucket list is getting so long…
    Happy travels Brooke!

    October 5, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    Good news on the Preikestolen front- I finally crossed it off my list a couple months ago and it’s really not so much of a 3-4 hour trek, more around 2 on average, and less for the trip back.
    A lot of kids were doing it also, and people were taking their dogs too.

    October 5, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    Fantastic places! The only one I have visited is Ha Long Bay, Vietnam. I would also recommend Jökulsarlon in Iceland (check it out in Google!)

    October 5, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    I’ll take you to Prekestolen (and all the other amazing places here) any day, I live 10 min drive from where you start the hike 🙂

    Madeline Fedmont
    October 5, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    WOW, so pretty places

    Deborah Shahabian
    October 5, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    ❤️ Your list….As an expat from the good ole USA – have been fortunate to see those sites from the states. Now, my Lebanese-Armenian hubby and I have newly retired and moved back to his childhood home of Beirut, Lebanon – I have now been to Jeita Grotto several times! It is beyond amazing – unreal actually! Taking that walk thru the grotto, then experiencing the boat ride on the water below….is out of this world, right? Love your blog….and your life too!

    October 5, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    Most of these are already on my list of places to visit and the pictures are amazing! Just got to add Lebanon and Vietnam, they look very interesting. Thanks for the tips!

    October 5, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    Woohoo! NZ got a mention 🙂